Absolutely Crazy Visit

Trip Start Jun 28, 2013
Trip End Aug 25, 2014

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Flag of Philippines  , Eastern Visayas,
Monday, July 15, 2013

Hi Everyone,

On Monday after work my boss offered to drive myself and the three American interns I am currently living with to Cangumbang so I could do my usual snack night. He also was kind enough to purchase groceries for my family of 6 with his wife, and two of his children even joined us. I knew the kids would be extra excited to meet so many people, but they were absolutely beside themselves.

I had to focus on each task I was trying to do, while they just went off the handle. Squealing and screaming and running around the center, greeting our guests and peeping in the bags of groceries. I was able to make "Ladys Choice" sandwiches like they wanted. Ladys Choice is a type of sandwich spread they have here in the Philippines. After downing two loaves of bread and a whole jar of Ladys choice their energy continued. I headed downstairs to give Nanay Elay the groceries, so she could distribute them throughout the week to my kids. It was a hot, confusing process with new foods. But I was excited to see Jon-Jon so happy about the instant chocolate milk packets. He kept secretively grabbing one and running out of the house, then he would stand mischeviously in the doorway and yell "Ate Elsa!!", wave the milk packet around and then sprint off. He is such an adorable little stinker.

I had to run to the plaze store for a few more things and the kids played with the interns and my bosses daughter while I somehow managed to sneak away from the madness. Jon-Jon pranced over to the store with me, my boss, and his son, wearing an empty bread loaf bag on his head. That child can be such a clown. :)

By then it was pretty dark and I told the kids we had to go. Before leaving I spoke with Ate Corazon, who will be getting some basic testing this week through the gracious help of my sister and her husband. Corazon is 7 months pregnant and still hasn't even had blood work, so it is really essential for her to have some idea what is going on in her body.

The kids gathered along the side of the road as we drove away, waving and screeching. Although we only spent an hour or so there, I can honestly say the interns got a full taste of the children's energy and joy. All of them told me later that they really enjoyed the experience. 

It is so strange for me to have people visit the center for the first time. I feel so natural there and like each little part is just a natural component needed to complete our goal. But for first time visitors the size, details, and structural components of the center are a marvel. It is these moments of sharing my project that I am grounded again by its' true magnitude. I am not a prideful person, but in these moments my pride trickles through ever so slightly, warming my heart.

There is so much to be done through the center, I cannot begin to explain my plans. Over the next two weeks I will really begin planning my strategy for implmentation of the center, which will be almost as big of a task as the fundraising or the construction was. Luckily, I have great mentors and resources at my finger trips to make the Cangumbang Center a perfect success. 

My passion and determination for this project has never wavered, and I believe above all else, that is the key to success, the real power behind the entire Cangumbang Project.

Thanks to all of you for sharing this determination with me.

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Eugene on

OMG. Its almost done already. It was just a skeleton structure when I went there last April :) Good job Elsa. Keep us posted! Whenever I see your post I always feel at home and not being homesicked here ;)

Aunt Betty on

Elsa, You have earned the right to be prideful of what you have accomplished. You have put many hours and a lot of perspiration into this project. You have accomplished amazing feats with getting the center open. You are a wonderful young lady and you inspire many. LET YOUR PRIDE SHINE!!!
Love Aunt Betty

Sawa on

Wait a second...they were peeing the bags of groceries? I've never been THAT excited :)

elsat on

Okay sorry! I was writing this after a long day of work, opps! I meant PEEPING! ;)

Suzy on

What is Ladys Choice like? Meat spread? PB?

elsat on

A sandwich spread, basically mayo with relish and sometimes little bits of ham, bacon, or tuna

Roger on

Yes, you inspire many! I am one!

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